Body Camera Images of Mark Few’s Arrest and Citation for Drunk Driving Released | Sports


Body camera footage of Gonzaga’s male basketball coach Mark Few’s arrest on September 6 was obtained by KHQ and TMZ News on Tuesday night. The video highlights new visual and aural components to corroborate information provided in previously reviewed police reports of the incident.

“I believe that as a leader and role model I should only set the best example,” Few said in a Sept. 7 statement. “The decisions I made [Sept. 6] do not illustrate this standard and for that, I sincerely apologize to all of you. I recognize that driving a motor vehicle after consuming a certain amount of alcohol is poor judgment. “

“I deeply regret having disappointed one of the community members, the young men and women who make up my community on campus and the University as a whole,” Few continued in his statement. “In particular, I am sorry for the harm I have caused to those most important to me – my family, my players and my program.”

The report of the case filed by the Coeur d’Alene Police Department indicates that Few “was called for illegal driving and speeding” by Kootenai County Fire Captain Seth Hohenstreet. Hohenstreet followed Few after seeing him swerve and thought Few was heading for a traffic sign three times.

Few people were subsequently arrested by Coeur d’Alene police officer Matthew Lovingler between North Fourth Street and East Hanley Avenue around 8:08 p.m., according to body camera footage. There was no one else in the car. Few people were driving, but footage indicates he had two dogs in the car.

Few told Lovingler he was on his way back to Spokane from Hayden Lake, and first told Lovingler, when asked, that he hadn’t drunk anything that night. . In the report filed after the incident, Lovingler mentioned the smell of alcohol and that few had difficulty following instructions.

One particular instruction given by the officer was that Few keep his hands out of his pockets as Few searched for his phone stating that he wanted to contact his lawyer. Lovingler has repeatedly asked Few if he will comply with field sobriety tests which Few has said he will not do due to a series of ankle, knee and ACL injuries while qualifying for the tests of “subjective”.

When asked again by the officer if he had drunk anything that day, Few said he drank one to two beers about four hours before he started driving, but that his driving, which alerted Hohenstreet, was due to his dogs. Lovingler then placed Few under arrest on suspicion of impaired driving in body camera footage.

After the officer’s breathalyzer tests showed Few’s blood alcohol level to be .119 / .12 (the legal limit is .08), few asked to have an independent measure of his level. blood alcohol level, at which point Lovingler brought him to Kootenai Health in Coeur d ‘Alène.

“While I was in the hospital, my supervisors ordered me to release [Few] custody and issue a summons, ”Lovingler said in the report. “I removed Mark from the handcuffs and issued him a drinking and driving ticket.”

Another body camera footage obtained by KHQ is from police sergeant Coeur d’Alene. Joseph Scholten, who met Few at the hospital to explain why they gave him a citation instead of putting him in jail.

“The officer you had dealt with didn’t know your name to the extent of who you are,” Scholten said in the video. “I’m not here about your case or what happened or anything like that. What I stopped for was basically, ‘Hey, he’s a great guy, he is in Spokane. ”There’s really no reason why we should probably sentence him to jail, so let’s just give him a citation. [the officer] working on it now.

On October 20, Few pleaded guilty to an impaired driving charge and will be on unsupervised probation for the next year. Few’s driver’s license will be suspended until November 5, when he will have to use an ignition interlock device until the end of his probation.

Few are required to complete 24 hours of community service, pay a $ 1,000 fine, and take an alcohol and drug course that Few’s lawyer has already completed.

“I’m so sorry,” Few said according to court transcripts. ” This will not happen again. “

Few will also serve a one-game regular season suspension to get their DUI to start the year. He will miss the season opener against Dixie State on November 9 as well as the two preseason games on Sunday and November 5.

Asher Ali is the editor. Follow him on Twitter: @ asher_ali3.



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